In an effort to get better quality sleep I have been consciously developing better bedtime habits. This is often referred to as sleep hygiene. In essence it is about creating a bedtime ritual to trigger constructive rest in the body and mind. No tech in the bedroom, setting a regular bedtime, creating a relaxing environment to name but a few.
It works for yoga too. Ritual is important. Establishing and maintaining a home practice can be really challenging. I struggle with it too. But creating positive habits through ritual is a practical way to get started and stick with self practice.
Here are a few suggestion for developing 'yoga hygiene'. Nothing interrupts a calm state of mind more that clutter, noise and chaos. With a view to taking proper care of yourself set aside a particular time of day to roll out your mat. Find a quiet time usually first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Set a reminder in your phone and then turn it off. Find a relaxing space. Create a calming environment. Maybe light a candle, use some essential oils, burn some incense, play some music. Anything that sends a signal to the brain this is my time to take care of myself. Try not to add too many layer to the ritual so you need less time to come into your own space. Set an intention for your time. Then do your practice. Nothing complicated, maybe some simple breath guided relaxation, a short flow and some longer holds to relax and restore. Make to take a few minutes to meditate. Over time your practice might become longer and more complicated but keep it simple at the beginning to make it easier to commit to it. Even the most advanced yoga practitioners have a practice rooted in simplicity.
Begin and finish your ritual with that same degree of care and attention. And repeat, repeat, repeat. The more you do it the easier it becomes. When the ritual become second nature, self practice will follow.
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